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Bahrain FinTech Bay appoints chief executive

Bahrain Business
Tue, 16 Jan 2018

MANAMA: Khalid Esam Saad has been appointed chief executive of Bahrain FinTech Bay (BFB), its Singapore-based operator Fintech Consortium announced.

Mr Saad will work closely with the board of BFB to lead the development of the hub’s strategy; and oversee the implementation of its long and short-term objectives.

In addition, he will provide the senior leadership required to co-ordinate and communicate with the various stakeholders of BFB including founding partners, government bodies, local and international fintech firms, amongst others.

Mr Saad’s role will also involve overseeing all partnerships, activities and management of the local team of Bahrain FinTech Bay.

Prior to this appointment, he was a business development manager at the Economic Development Board for eight years and has developed deep relationships with industry and has been heavily involved in the development of the fintech ecosystem in Bahrain.

His previous work experience includes stints with Ernst & Young as well as SEI Investments in London.

“Khalid is the ideal person for the role given his background and outstanding enthusiasm for all things fintech,” said FinTech Consortium Bahrain chairman Maissan Al Maskati.

FinTech Consortium founder Gerben Visser said he believed that Khalid coming on board with “expertise, network and knowledge will further accelerate Bahrain’s position as a regional fintech hub and contribute to the future-proofing of Bahrain’s financial sector”.

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